SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
Vysankere, Karnataka

SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982
SMIORE Phase 1 & 2 / 1969 & 1982

This complex was built to house the industrial workers of Sandur Manganese & Iron Ores Ltd.The client is a company which believes that fulfilling a social objective is as important as presenting a good balance sheet, and has therefore laid great emphasis on the necessity of good housing for its least paid employees. The scheme has a variety of house plans for the same floor area. All the dwelling units are provided with their individual open space adjacent to them, either in the form of courtyards or front and rear garden lots, or terraces for the two storeyed units.

The buildings are economically built using local indigenous technology for roof and wall systems, doors and windows, etc. All the buildings are built of local granite stone using lime mortar. Roofing is of Cuddapah stone slabs over pre-cast concrete joists (the only item using cement). The doors and windows are of country wood and in some units use of frames are eliminated. Lime plaster is used sparingly and only where it is absolutely essential, like window reveals, base of the building and wherever one is likely to touch a wall.

The layout in the first phase consists of 18 row houses around a common central court. Each courtyard is differentiated by planting a different tree. In phase two, the houses are grouped in rows with rear and front open spaces assigned to the individual units. The streets between the cluster culminates in a manner which correspond to the' chowk' or 'naka' in the urban set-up.

Structural Consultant - R S Mandrekar
Electrical Consultant - H N Narayan
Covered Area - 9450 m²
Cost (Phase 1) - Rs. 7.5 lakhs (102 houses)

Architects' Combine 1956